Tuesday, May 8, 2012
By Celia Yeary
This spring, I've read no less than a dozen articles about promoting yourself and your book. Most of the articles have been very good, listing concise ways to accomplish the one important goal when your book has a release date. These articles appeal to me just as how-to articles always have. I'm a self-learner.
I believe I have all the steps memorized. Yet, I find myself turning into a lackadaisical author who loves to write, sign contracts, edit (yes, I like the editing process—if I have a nice editor who doesn't scold me), see a book cover for the first time, but then….the difficult part stares me in the face.
How do I promote this book? As of this month, I have fourteen releases scattered among seven publishers. Some have done fairly well; others seem to sit there. I admit, like most of us, that I have my favorites, those I wish more and more readers would find.
Yet, I wonder if sales would do just as well if I did less solid promoting. Sometimes it seems that way, for often there seem to be no rhyme nor reason to the process.
I'll do my best, though. It's just that at times I really don't feel like working--I'd rather read. And so I do.
Mini-Excerpt from Charlotte and the Tenderfoot-A 99CENT Dime Novel
"Wha…what in the world? Oh, Lord have mercy," she murmured, as she brought the buggy to a stop.
A man lay on the side of the road, his legs in the shallow ditch, his head just on the edge face down in the dirt and gravel, with his long arms extended forward. A chestnut gelding grazed calmly nearby. The contents of the saddlebags were strewn hither and yon.
***And that's how Miss Charlotte Marie Dewhurst from Trinity Hill, Texas met William Montgomery from Boston.***
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